Dinah Shore was born Frances Rose Shore in Winchester, Tennessee.
She had polio as a baby but recovered to become a cheerleader in high school. She earned a bachelors degree in sociology from Vanderbilt University before launching her career in the entertainment industry. She was noted for her charm and enduring popularity. She produced many hit records as well as appearing in several films. She was the first woman to host her own TV show and won ten Emmy Awards.
She also was noted for entertaining the troops overseas between the years of 1939-1945. She founded the Dinah Shore Golf Classic, one of the first women’s golf events with a cash prize. In her later years, she was noted for her efforts advocating equal pay for women.